Button Quail male to female ratio? AND genetics?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Chickensrock10110, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Chickensrock10110

    Chickensrock10110 Songster

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    Anyone know whats the best ratio for every male?
    I want the highest number of fertile eggs to be laid.

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    I have males and females of all different colors , will it hurt if I just put any males with any females? Will I get a variety of colors?
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Buttons do best with a 1:1 ratio. In the wild they pair up for life.

    And mixing the colors together won't hurt at all. Even if you put same colored males and females together, you would still get a mix of colors!! Very few button quail breed true to their color.
     
  3. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    Buttons do best in pairs. This is how they live in the wild I also find the fertility rate is higher this way.
    As for the colors I would get a copy of Garrie's book if you want to play with the colors. If you don't care what colors you get you can just put them any old way
     
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    So does that mean 7 boys and 7 girls in a cage cuase they all have one opiset or , a seperate cage for each pair
     
  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    That means one pair in each cage. Buttons can be very very mean they will rip each others scalps right off.
     
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

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    Lucky me [​IMG]
    Well if the cage I am building works out , at least I know how to get there cages for cheap .. I should have stayed with cortunix , my buttons are very cute but very spaztic [​IMG]
     
  7. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    The fun of Buttons is the colors and the sounds they make. I love messing with the colors
     
  8. Chickensrock10110

    Chickensrock10110 Songster

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    Now I`m confused with a different subject...
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    Chinese painted and button quails? Are the completely two different birds?If so, how are they different? How are they alike?



    Also about colors, so if I pair a "normal" colored bird with a white colored bird....Will I get "normals", whites, plus other colors?

    Thanx!
     

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